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Colorado School Bans Game of Tag on Playground
The Colorado Gazetter ^ | BRIAN NEWSOME

Posted on 08/31/2007 3:51:34 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache

Springs elementary gives tag a timeout By BRIAN NEWSOME THE GAZETTE

On the playground of a northern Colorado Springs elementary school, tag is not “it.”

The touch-and-run game and any other form of chasing was banned this year at Discovery Canyon Campus’ elementary school by administrators who say it fuels schoolyard disputes.

“It causes a lot of conflict on the playground,” said Assistant Principal Cindy Fesgen. In the first days of school, before tag was banned, she said students would complain to her about being chased or harassed.

Fesgen said she would hear: “Well, I don’t want to be chased, but he won’t stop chasing me, or she won’t stop chasing me.”

Fesgen said two parents complained to her about the demise of tag, but she said that generally, parents and children didn’t fuss about the new rules. Running games are still OK, she said, as long as students don’t run after one another.

The Academy School District 20 elementary school isn’t the first in the Pikes Peak region to take issue with traditional recess games.

In 2005, two elementaries in Falcon School District 49 adopted a structured recess program, Trouble-Free Playground, that did away with games like tag in favor of alternative activities that cut down on physical contact. Evans and Meridian Ranch elementaries said the program encouraged more students to play games and helped reduce playground squabbles.

Nationally, several schools have done away with tag and other games because of the accidents and arguments they can lead to. It’s a trend that has rankled some parents and childhood experts who say games such as tag contribute to children’s social and physical development.

Fesgen, who has supervised playgrounds for more than 20 years, said this is not the first school where she’s restricted chase games. She still believes in free play. Students can run races and run around with friends, she said.

“There is plenty for them to do,” she said.

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In 2005, two elementaries in Falcon School District 49 adopted a structured recess program, Trouble-Free Playground, that did away with chasing games in favor of other activities that cut down on physical contact. Evans and Meridian Ranch elementaries said the program helped reduce playground squabbles.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: childhood; playground; tag; zerotolerance
The end of the world has to be coming......soon.
1 posted on 08/31/2007 3:51:37 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache

What about “frozen” tag? That’s a little safer < /S >


2 posted on 08/31/2007 3:52:46 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: My Favorite Headache
The end of the world has to be coming......soon.

My sentiments exactly.

3 posted on 08/31/2007 3:54:54 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Hate me, I'm white.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

PC irrationality gone even further amuck.


4 posted on 08/31/2007 3:55:42 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Liberty is not Free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: My Favorite Headache

We used rocks when I was a kid.


5 posted on 08/31/2007 3:55:46 PM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Running games are still OK, she said, as long as students don’t run after one another.

Oh brother! "Have your people fax my people!"

6 posted on 08/31/2007 3:57:37 PM PDT by MarineBrat (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccination that the Church offers.)
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To: Westlander
Pretty soon the MAY POLE WILL BE BACK.

Do any of you remember that. We used to have to make ourselves a hat and dance around a pole holding a piece of ribbon to unite with our communist brethren.

I had no idea about the communist tilt until adulthood and wondered why it vanished.

7 posted on 08/31/2007 3:58:57 PM PDT by alisasny (RIP Lt. Kevin “Kojak” Davis BLUE ANGELS #6 THANKYOU!!)
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To: My Favorite Headache
What a bunch of wimps. Sure, it is okay to punish them by not allowing them to play the game for a couple of days. But, banning it is ridiculous.

Besides, it is an opportunity to teach the kids self control — be good and we will allow you to play the game, be bad and we will take it away for a couple of days.

These are elementary kids.

8 posted on 08/31/2007 4:01:44 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: My Favorite Headache

And the the food police complain because children are over weight. How the hell can they maintain an average weight if they can not excercise you idiots??


9 posted on 08/31/2007 4:10:03 PM PDT by Shots
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To: My Favorite Headache
Running games are still OK, she said, as long as students don’t run after one another.

So, I guess football and basketball are out...?

10 posted on 08/31/2007 4:17:16 PM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: alisasny
May Day, and dancing around the Maypole go back a lot further than communism. They were stolen by the commies. It's a shame.
11 posted on 08/31/2007 4:18:27 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: My Favorite Headache
The latest in the “feminization of America.”

It won’t be long before we have school uniforms — unisex - skirts for both boys and girls.

12 posted on 08/31/2007 4:18:50 PM PDT by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Oh, golly gee...let’s not subject them to something they don’t like. After all, in the real world, you always get your way.


13 posted on 08/31/2007 4:19:34 PM PDT by econjack
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To: My Favorite Headache

It would be a rather piss poor teacher when I was in school who could not handle an elementary school playground squabble.


14 posted on 08/31/2007 4:20:22 PM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Educators used to understand that the playground was where students learned conflict resolution.


15 posted on 08/31/2007 4:21:19 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: My Favorite Headache
Fesgen said she would hear: “Well, I don’t want to be chased, but he won’t stop chasing me, or she won’t stop chasing me.”

Let me see, if you don't want to be chased you don't run. Too simple for educated minds, I guess.

16 posted on 08/31/2007 4:22:44 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: My Favorite Headache


I sure am glad playing tag's been banned. I don't like being chased. What all that running around good for anyhow?
17 posted on 08/31/2007 4:24:42 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: My Favorite Headache

Hey, kids!

Since they won’t let you play tag with your classmates, I suggest you play murder-ball with the administrators - use rocks if no balls are handy.


18 posted on 08/31/2007 4:27:23 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

ExCalifornian’s are doing their best to ruin this once conservative state.


19 posted on 08/31/2007 4:28:11 PM PDT by jwh_Denver (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k08yxu57NA&NR=1 Paul Potts)
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To: My Favorite Headache

In other news, America is more obese than ever...........

mrs


20 posted on 08/31/2007 4:30:20 PM PDT by proudmilitarymrs (It's not immigration, it's an invasion!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

When I went to school, we had Hygiene class, 15 minute recess both morning and afternoon, gym class, shop and home economics. Those were the days, my friends. Those were the days!


21 posted on 08/31/2007 4:36:16 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

What has happened Colorado (and District 20 in conservative Colorado Springs)? We used to chase each other every recess for months. If you didn’t want a guy chasing you, you decked him (horrors).

Californians, your work is almost done here. It’s time to move on to another beautiful spot and start ruining it, since wherever you move you make it unbearable to live in. Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming?? Anyone willing to sacrifice for a neighbor???


22 posted on 08/31/2007 4:37:58 PM PDT by keepitreal
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To: Shots

The fat fem-hags of the NEA don’t want any girls to be chased by boys, nor to grow up skinny and physically fit.


23 posted on 08/31/2007 4:39:33 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Jaw-dropping idiocy.


24 posted on 08/31/2007 4:50:33 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: My Favorite Headache

why don’t we ban testosterone while we’re at it?


25 posted on 08/31/2007 4:50:35 PM PDT by VoiceOfBruck (for a good time, call vobns.blogspot.com)
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To: My Favorite Headache
They banned tag long ago here in the People's Democratic Republic of Montgomery County, Maryland. The took out a lot of the pleasant playground equipment in the local grammar school, even though it was all harmless and the playground surface was some sort of soft, springy material like a mattress, so falls wouldn't result in scraped knees.

At the local middle school, the new rule is no touching of any kind. You can't pat a buddy on the back for a job well done, hold a girl's hand, hug someone, shake hands, take someone's arm to help him, examine someone's new ring by taking her hand, nothing, nada. Do, and you get detention; do it twice, and you're suspended. For touching.

Thank God there are no real problems in our school system--no gangs, drugs, or performance deficits--so school administrators have time to worry about such things. < /s>

26 posted on 08/31/2007 5:09:20 PM PDT by Fairview ( Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Image hosted by Photobucket.com i guess that would make Kill the guy with the ball! and Smear the Queer right out then tooo...
27 posted on 08/31/2007 5:58:52 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist)
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To: My Favorite Headache; 2ndDivisionVet; A knight without armor; Alexander Rubin; AmericaUnite; ...

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the comments on the article are pretty funny, too!
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28 posted on 08/31/2007 6:18:48 PM PDT by dynachrome (Henry Bowman is right.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
generally, parents and children didn’t fuss about the new rules

This why freedom is so rare in the history of the world and why it never lasts: people don't want to be free, they want to be taken care of.

29 posted on 08/31/2007 6:52:36 PM PDT by live+let_live
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To: VoiceOfBruck
why don’t we ban testosterone while we’re at it?

I understand your point but what I remember about grade school was the girls chasing the boys.

It took a few more years for the boys to become aware girls even existed.

30 posted on 08/31/2007 6:55:50 PM PDT by live+let_live
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To: VoiceOfBruck

“Why don’t we ban testosterone while we’re at it”?


Hell, if they could find an excuse for actual castration they would write it into law, right next to abortion.
We are faced with genocide, and we are the target.
BUAIDH NO BAS!


31 posted on 08/31/2007 7:12:20 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Tag can KILL!!!!


32 posted on 08/31/2007 8:07:01 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Why do all these crazy things seem to happen in Colorado? It seems second only to California in terms of sheer PC lunancy


33 posted on 08/31/2007 8:58:51 PM PDT by oakcon
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To: My Favorite Headache

My only surprise was that they still were allowed to play tag. Thought it was already banned.


34 posted on 08/31/2007 9:00:37 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man
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To: Secret Agent Man

“My only surprise was that they still were allowed to play tag. Thought it was already banned”
lol!!

Patrick McGoohan Bump!


35 posted on 08/31/2007 9:18:53 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Is hide and go seek, still legal?


36 posted on 08/31/2007 9:46:20 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Posted by Time's Man of the Year)
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To: dynachrome

92% no :)


37 posted on 08/31/2007 11:41:00 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: Paperdoll

Sounds like you went to school in the forties and fifties. Those WERE the days.


38 posted on 09/01/2007 12:00:44 AM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: Paperdoll

Sounds like you went to school in the forties and fifties. Those WERE the days.


39 posted on 09/01/2007 12:01:54 AM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Unbelievable nonsense. I have so had my fill of the p.c. liberal wacko crowd.


40 posted on 09/01/2007 7:33:23 AM PDT by steelyourfaith
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To: Westlander
We used rocks when I was a kid.

We too. Once I got nailed just above an eye and took several stitches. We also used bamboo spears, but I don't recall any serious mishaps from that. The worst mishap of all, while playing chase games. was running full speed into the metal cable of a clothesline positioned at my eye level. They had to glue that wound. There were no fat kids in my circle of friends and we all somehow survived childhood.

41 posted on 09/01/2007 7:53:14 AM PDT by Ben Chad
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To: randog

Kenny Maine, ESPN during football highlights “he’s running like people are chasing him”..


42 posted on 09/01/2007 10:43:35 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider - www.patriotguard.org for more info..)
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43 posted on 09/02/2007 1:54:32 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Um, so does this mean “smear the queer” is out too?


44 posted on 09/02/2007 1:57:27 PM PDT by AFreeBird (Will NOT vote for Rudy. <--- notice the period)
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To: My Favorite Headache

completely asinine


45 posted on 09/02/2007 3:04:11 PM PDT by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
In 2005, two elementaries in Falcon School District 49 adopted a structured recess program, Trouble-Free Playground, that did away with chasing games in favor of other activities that cut down on physical contact...

So much for the BS socialization argument that socialists use against us home-schoolers.

46 posted on 09/02/2007 3:56:23 PM PDT by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Let’s all make SURE none of these kids grow up with the ability to deal with conflicts cause we ALL KNOW that in the adult world, everyone is at peace with one another....

//sarc


47 posted on 09/03/2007 8:11:50 AM PDT by RachelFaith (Doing NOTHING... about the illegals already here IS Amnesty !!)
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